Creating and showing an effective presentation is hard work. It is an art that requires knowledge and dedication. Without enough work and effort, your slideshow will come out normally or worse, and your audience will be confused and bored.
We all have been in meetings or lectures with a bad presentation. Now the reason could be the speaker or the slides, in both cases, there are room for improvements.
There are numerous common things that you should keep in mind. If you avoid these mistakes, your presentation will hook the audience from the start.
Let’s read on to find the most common mistakes people mistake while creating a presentation. It will help you create a great presentation the next time you need.
Here are the 6 common mistakes that you should avoid:
1. Too much text on the slide
The biggest and common mistake people make while creating a slide is adding too much text. It can harm your PPT in more than one ways.
First, it distracts the audience from what you are saying. Everyone likes to read the points. If they are too long, the audience will miss your talk.
Second, if you move on to the slide too quickly, and the audience hasn’t read it completely, it may offend them, and they might lose interest.
The best thing is to fragment your information in small bullet points. Provide only crucial data namely statistics. If you think more information is needed, break the slide into two.
2. Not using readable fonts and overdoing colors
The main point of using the presentation is to get the point across. And it won’t if you use a font that is not easily readable to people. You can choose from different typefaces and not get stuck with Times New Romans or Arial. But don’t use a weird or fancy font that, it doesn’t justify the purpose of the PPT. The font should be simple, clean and sharp. Moreover, the size of the font needs to be big enough for people at the back to read easily.
Talking about colors; use a combination of text and background color that goes with each other. Don’t use a fancy or overpowering background, otherwise, it will overshadow your text.
3. Adding poor quality images and videos
Most of the time when we are designing a presentation, we are in a hurry. It means searching for relevant images and putting them beside the text looks bit hectic. The combination is correct, but the method is wrong. When you search images fast, you only look at relevancy. You ignore the quality and graphics of the image. The slide will run on a big screen, so you need pictures and graphics with high quality that doesn’t pixelate. Only then, the viewers will pay attention to the visual and the message you are trying to deliver.
The same goes with videos, firstly, find a relevant and good quality video. Secondly, make sure that video has subtitles if it’s in another language as to what your audience prefers. It should have a clear voice and should be short.
4. Too many or weird transitions
Your presentation must have some effects, transition, and animation. They add value to the slide and make it more interesting and engaging. But don’t go overboard with it. By overboard we mean, adding too many effects on a single slide or adding transition on every individual slide.
It distracts the audience from your topic and message.
5. Reading out the slides verbatim
You made the slide to talk about the topic; it is only a tool, not the presentation.
The presentation is your talk on the topic. You need to engage the people with your talk and expertise about the point in the slide. It only contains a bullet point, but you know more about it. But sometimes, people forget what’s in the next slide and to help with that they add notes in the slide’s notes section. Read these notes instead of turning back towards the slide and quoting the points aloud.
6. Using complex charts
Charts are another graphic element that can make the PPT interesting. But adding a chart with lots of color and complexity will confuse the audience. They want to listen to you and not get lost deciphering the meaning of your charts. So, use simple charts and that too in moderation.
I hope that the next time you have to make a PPT, you will avoid these mistakes. Also, it is not an easy task, and you need full dedication and concentration for designing a perfect and delivering a perfect presentation.
About the Author
Kavita is an outreach specialist cum content writer. When not glued to her laptop, she can be found making travel plans that rarely happen. Connect with Kavita on Twitter @dreamerkavita.